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Hundreds of U.S. Kids Drown Every Year — Learn How to Protect Yours

Hundreds of U.S. Kids Drown Every Year — Learn How to Protect YoursMONDAY, June 12, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Drowning is the leading cause of death among children aged 1 to 4 years old in the United States, and too many older children continue to die in the water, according to a new report from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).A child can slip underwater in the seconds it takes a parent to send a text message. Or while a caregiver turns away to pick up a smartphone.“The fatalities from drowning and non-fatal drowning injuries are still high, so water safety vigilance remains crucially important this summer and all year,” CPSC chair Alex Hoehn-Saric said in an agency news release.For children younger than 15, an average of 371 pool- or spa-related fatal drownings occurred each year between 2018 and 2020, according to the annual...

Tips to Staying Cool in Extreme Heat

10 June 2023
Tips to Staying Cool in Extreme HeatSATURDAY, June 10, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Extreme heat can be dangerous, but you can stay cool and safe this summer if you take the right precautions.The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) offers some tips for doing so.“No matter your age, it is critical to be able to recognize the signs of heat-related illness,” said Dr. Jocelyn Ross Wittstein, an orthopedic surgeon at Duke Health in North Carolina and an AAOS spokesperson. “When we exercise, our bodies cool off by sweating. We become dehydrated if we do not replace the fluids that we lose through perspiration," she said in an AAOS news release. "Dehydration makes it difficult to sweat and cool down and can result in a heat injury ranging from mild cramps to a more life-threatening heat stroke.”It’s important...

Women's Gymnastics Brings High Risk for Concussion

7 June 2023
Women`s Gymnastics Brings High Risk for ConcussionWEDNESDAY, June 7, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Gymnasts make it look easy, but mastering those floor exercises and balance beam moves can take a toll on the brain.Researchers studying preseason and regular season concussion rates in college sports found that women’s gymnastics led all others for its concussion rate in the preseason. The rate was 50% higher even than that for college football players.Unlike soccer and football, gymnastics hasn't historically been considered a high concussion risk, said lead researcher Steven Broglio, director of the University of Michigan Concussion Center. "Everybody worries about football, ice hockey and men's and women's soccer, but gymnastics is out there by themselves with a preseason injury risk that we didn’t expect to see," Broglio said in a...

Get in the Swim: Summer Pool Safety Tips

3 June 2023
Get in the Swim: Summer Pool Safety TipsSATURDAY, June 3, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Summer is here and so, too, is swimming season. As fun as a pool can be, it’s also a major safety risk if you don’t take the appropriate precautions. An expert from Huntington Health, an affiliate of Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, offers some tips for a safe pool season. “If children or non-experienced swimmers will be in the pool, it's very important to have adult supervision. I think asking another child to watch after their sibling, for example, is not adequate,” said Dr. Amal Obaid-Schmid, medical director of trauma services at Huntington Health. “You need a supervisor who's an adult, who is not distracted with their cellphone, or a phone call inside the house, or a conversation with another adult, really taking that role very...

Long COVID Can Make It Tougher to Exercise, and Research Is Revealing Why

31 May 2023
Long COVID Can Make It Tougher to Exercise, and Research Is Revealing WhyWEDNESDAY, May 31, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Lack of energy for exercise is a common problem for folks with so-called long COVID.New research pinpoints the most likely reason why: diminished capacity to get the heart pumping fast enough to support the effort. The name for this is chronotropic incompetence.“The amount of aerobic exercise an individual can do is limited largely by the delivery of oxygen by the heart, lungs, blood, and its use by the muscles,” noted study first author Dr. Matthew Durstenfeld, a cardiologist and assistant professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.“If the heart can't pump as fast, you can't exercise as much," Durstenfeld said.Chronotropic incompetence wasn't the only reason people with long COVID had lower than expected...

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